Energy experts bringing exhibit to OCCC Sept. 12

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OneOK and Oklahoma Natural Gas will present their “Powered By ONE” Mobile Unit to OCCC from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in parking lot G.

OCCC’s Engineering Club and auto tech program will sponsor the event.

The exhibit is a “53-foot, expandable trailer that travels the state sharing information about ONEOK, how it operates, its commitment to environment, safety, health, and other industry-related facts,” According to www.oneok.com.

Its features include “interactive displays and games designed to educate visitors about the benefits of natural gas and natural gas liquids.”

Alumni Relations and Community Development Coordinator Randy Cassimus said company representatives will be on hand to give tours and information on careers in the energy industry.

“They are going to have [speakers] from the company give a presentation to the Engineering Club to talk about the industry, employment, and other related topics,” Cassimus said.

Speakers will include Facilities and Fleet Management Director Steve Wood and Community Relations Representative Lynda Mobley.

Engineering club President Matthew Butzer said having a guest speaker is a great way for engineering students to get a better grasp of their field.

“Every time we can have someone that has survived being an engineering major come and talk to the group we’re excited,” Butzer said.

“It’s a good chance for our students to hear advice on how they succeeded and what our students can do to succeed as well.

“Additionally, a lot of engineering students don’t have an accurate grasp on what their major will lead them into, and hearing from practicing engineers can help give them a better idea.”

Cassimus said this will be the first time OneOK has visited OCCC.

“What we’re trying to do is get ONG and OneOK to have more of a presence here on campus — to … meet our students and to understand our engineering program or the auto tech program,” he said.

“Our idea is to get them on campus and get them face-to-face with our students.”

OneOK Executive Director Terri Pirtle said she hopes the event will help educate and answer questions students may have about the industry.

“We want to educate students about what we do in the energy industry and share with them our values, ethics, background, and the kind of people we are,” Pirtle said.

“We have a long-standing relationship with OCCC and we are always looking for recruitment and educational opportunities.”

For more information on the event, contact Cassimus at 405-682-1611, ext. 7478, or john.r.cassimus@occc.edu. You can also visit www.oneok.com.

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